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Indigenous Goddess Gang

Creating a space for sharing medicine through poetry, food & seed knowledge, herbalism, music and more. This is a space for reclaiming knowledge from an indigenous femme lens. Each month we will honor a different tribe of matriarchs in our fashion shoots. Each month we will continue to grow and share the knowledge of our matriarchs and share that medicine. 

Indigenous Goddess Gang is a space intended for INDIGENOUS people. We've had our land taken from us, we've had our cultures taken from us,  we've had our languages taken from us. This is a step towards reclaiming our knowledge, identity and medicine.  This site is not intended for exploiting or appropriating.  Tread lightly and respectfully. 

Falling In Love with Our Stories

Falling In Love with Our Stories

By: Nicolle L. Gonzales, BSN, RN, MSN 

“From the east, first man approached and saw the dark cloud with a rainbow and soft, falling rain. He looked again, and a baby girl was lying under the rainbow and rain. This infant Changing Woman, was the child. Talking God gave her to First man, who took her home to First Woman. They raised her in a “miracle way” under the direction of the Holy People. They fed her sunray pollen, pollen from the clouds, pollen from the plants, and flower dew so that she matured miraculously. In two days she walked, in four days she talked, and in twelve days she began to menstruate.”- Mathews, 1994

Mothers Medicine

Do you ever have a moment with your little ones and they begin to ask, “where did I come from?” “How was I born?” “How did I come to be?” Perhaps the story of your child’s beginning was visioned in a waking dream. I hear stories told many times over from men and women about how they knew they were going to become a parent and how this child visited them in their dreams first. As we grow into adults, these are questions we continue to ask ourselves. Our curiosities have not dulled one bit, but rather the self-reflection and questions go deeper than our physical bodies can comprehend.

If we are fortunate enough to grow up with elders who have the memory to help us go back to our ancestral beginnings, we have the opportunity to dig deeper into our roots and see all the connections to universe that we have. This knowing gives us meaning and purpose and suddenly the transformation happening daily in our physical bodies is only one small piece of what is happening on a spiritual level.

Falling in love with our stories is about this and the relationships we have with all our relatives, as they are connected to the life we bring forth in our wombs as women. Our eggs, like seeds carry the stories of our ancestors and if you think about it, the conditions we live in can bring out certain traits in, which some might call this our blood memory.

It’s important as mothers to go back to our ancestral stories when a medicine child is growing in our wombs. Your blood memory might even be pushing you towards asking questions of your mother, grandmothers and aunties. Where was I born? What did you eat while you were growing me? Did you go through any ceremonies to protect me? How did birth feel? Was I born at home? These questions come to all of us when we become mothers.

Like our community and tribal creation stories, our birth stories are an important piece of our development. Falling in love with our stories also means digging deeper into our ancestral knowledge around healing, ceremony, plant medicines, language, and our relationship to our eternal mother, the earth. On this journey, a deeper knowing will take root, that all of these things are supporting the growth and development of your medicine child, that you as their mother has a responsibility to all of these teachers as well. This is where the wisdom lies in our stories, inlaid with ancestral teachings for us to take in like food for our spirits.

As you embark on this journey of falling in love with your ancestral stories of life, resilience, and harmony, make sure to give offerings daily for the exchange happening. These stories have a life of their own, they are living, breathing webs of energy and vibration-retold through our sacred breath, honor them with prayer.


 

It Has Always Been This Way

Lori Tapahonso

Being born is not the beginning.

Life begins months before the time of birth.

Inside the mother, the baby floats in warm fluid

And she is careful not to go near noisy or evil places.

She will not cut meat or take part in the killing of food.

Navajo babies were always protected in these ways.

 

The baby is born and cries out loud

And the mother murmurs and nurtures the baby

A pinch of pollen on the baby’s tongue

For strong lungs and steady growth.

The bellybutton dries and falls off.

It is buried near the house so that the child

Will always return home and help its mother.

It has been this way for centuries among us.

 

Much care is taken to shape the baby’s head well

And to talk and sing to the baby softly and in the right way.

It has been this way for centuries among us.

 

The baby laughs aloud and it is celebrated with rock salt,

Lots of food, and relatives laughing.

Everyone passes the baby around.

This is so the child will always be generous,

Will always be surrounded by happiness,

And will always be surrounded by lots of relatives.

It has always been this way for centuries among us.

 

The child starts school and leaves with a pinch of pollen

On top of her head and on her tongue.

This is done so the child will think clearly,

Listen quietly, and learn well away from home.

This child leaves home with prayers and good thoughts.

It has always been this way for centuries among us.

 

This is how we were raised.

We were raised with care and attention

Because it has always been this way.

It has worked well for centuries.

 

You are here.

Your parents are here.

Your relatives are here.

You are all her together.

 

It is all of this: the care, the prayers, songs,

And our own lives as Navajos we carry the us all the time.

It has been this way for centuries among us.

It has been this way for centuries among us.

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Intersections: Indigenous Midwifery, Reproductive Justice, & Indigenous Feminism

Intersections: Indigenous Midwifery, Reproductive Justice, & Indigenous Feminism

Ceremony, Ritual & Raising Consciousness

Ceremony, Ritual & Raising Consciousness

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